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Monday, June 28, 2004

Another 21st...

Going to Students for Christ State Conference, in Blampied (near Daylesford), in an hour. Back Friday night.

Went to Glenn (my cousin)'s baptism yesterday morning. Then went to his 21st that night. It started at 4:57pm and finished at 10:32pm. So it went for 5.5 hours and 5 minutes. Not Ashamed (Glenn's band) played a couple of sets, mostly covers. They dedicated 'Sadie Hawkins Dance' (Relient K) to Adam (my little bro') and Strange Laura (Strange Tim's little sister). Got back here (Ballarat) at about 1:30 this morning.

Also, I got my first 21st present. Nanna was getting both me and Glenn backpacks for our 21sts, so she got them for both of us at the same time, and I got mine early, which is good, because now I don't have to drag a suitcase around whenever I travel, and won't be tempted to leave it somewhere and be mistaken for a terrorist again and have the cops use my camera.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Ballarat, Warrnambool, Colac, Ballarat, Melbourne

On Saturday we had two Info events to promote the Warrnambool mission to potential leaders, one in Ballarat, and the other in Warrnambool. We got five potential leaders at the Ballarat one, and none at the Warrnambool one. It's not as bad as it sounds though, 'cause it was the first time we'd done it in Warrnmabool. Last year was the first time we did it in Ballarat, and we only had two people turn up, this time we had five, so I expect next time we'll get more in Warrnambool as well. There's also the fact that it was hailing outside, and most fo the Warrnambool people who'd said they were interested didn't drive.
Next Saturday we're running Info Events in Melbourne and Bendigo.

On the way back to Ballarat we stopped in Colac. I was going to Flip's 21st, which was in Colac, and we needed to get some tea.
We stopped at a certain fast food franchise. They started packing up at about 7:30pm. Nat reckoned they were packing up early so they could go to the party, 'cause the whole town (he estimated the population to be about three) must be invited. Nat always says things like that about places like Ballarat, Warranmbool, Colac and Bendigo. He is just bitter 'cause he has to live in big, stinky Melbourne.

Anyway, Flip's 21st was quite good. It was an op shop (thrift shop) formal. Got to meet a lot of people she went to school with and stuff. I believe there are some photos from Flip's 21st here, on Tab's blog. There are two of me, and only one each of James, Tab and Flip, so I am clearly the most important.

Got a lift back to Ballarat with Greggy.

On Monday I caught the train to Melbourne, which is where I am now. It is rather crap.

Yesterday I found out that I've had a $2.70 library fine since I left Melbourne in February 2002.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Standing Tall

Standing Tall is my friend Lucas' band. They have a free mp3. They're recording an EP and touring later this year. In January they're playing at Sonfest, in Queensland.

Far far away

Last night went and saw the 1st year Music Theatre students' performance. They did a whole heap of songs from musicals, as well as a number of pieces they'd made themselves, including one which involved playing the parsnip and capsicum and was rather amusing.
Afterwards, went to Tiff and Beck's place for the 1st year Theatre Performance 1st Semester breakup party.

Today I got a postcard from Tim, which he sent me while visiting Colorado. The postmark has Shrek and Donkey on it and says, 'GREETINGS FROM Far Far Away', for some reason. What the?! Thanks heaps for the postcard, Tim!

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Freak With A Hat And Book Day

it's Freak With A Hat And Book Day
in the US of A.

(It's actually Bloomsday.)
Props to Electric Chikken.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

The Sturt Street/Lydiard Street intersection again

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Monday was the Queen Birthday (but not really), so it was a holiday and no-one was around. It was so boring that I ended up shaving off most of my right eyebrow.

Last night, when I got home (about 11:15) someone pulled the screen off my window and tried to open in. I'm not sure if they realised I was home or not, but by the time I'd gotten the blind open to see who it was they were gone.
A few minutes later, I heard someone trying to open it again, then they started banging on the window. This time I was ready, so I got the blind open, and I saw who it was, as they were running away. It was the best friend of the guy I had a go at three weeks ago for dragging someone down the hallway at 2:30am. His room is just down the hallway from mine, so I opened the door, just in time to see his door slam.
Later, they were both in the 'study room' while I was in the kitchen making a sandwich (you have to go through my room to get to the 'study room') they kept saying stuff like, 'Look who's cookin' up a feast,' so I think they've probably been looking in my cupboard too, and know I don't have much food.
They were up making heaps of noise and getting drunk until about 3am. When I got up this morning I found out they'd had an exam at 9:30am. I'm sure they would have done great.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Lerderderg State Park (features wombat)

This afternoon I went bushwalking with Greggy, Matt, James (Greggy's dad) and Ken (Matt's dad) in Lerderderg State Park for about three hours. There are a lot of horizontal mine shafts around, from the goldrush. He had two torches, so we went down two. One was about fifteen metres long and the other was about thirty metres long, had a 90º bend in the middle and a wombat hole at the end. The wombat seemed to be half asleep, and was sticking its head out of the hole. We just stood there watching it for quite a while, then it started getting up and moving more, so I thought it was probably a good idea to get out of there. Wombats can be pretty dangerous.

Friday, June 11, 2004

CJ's fake nail

CJ has just stuck a fake nail on his middle finger and painted it maroon. Don't ask me why. Now he is pretty annoyed because evey time he touches something with it it hurts his real nail. He's decided not to go out tonight.


I've just been reading Graeme Base (Animalia, The Eleventh Hour)' first novel TruckDogs, in the library. However, they won't let me borrow it until next Friday, 'cause it's new.
It's set in a world much like Australia, but where the dominant life form is a kind of wild truck/dog hybrid.


for I am now on holidays! For over five weeks! And neither Blogger nor Haloscan appear to be able to get Australian Eastern Standard Time right!

Wednesday, June 09, 2004


Why is Bush telling us how to run our country? And why is Peter Garrett joining a party he's criticised for the last 20 years?

Book meme

Stolen from Nikkiana.

*bold those you’ve read
*italicise started-but-never-finished
*add three of your own
*post to your livejournal [or real blog]

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. 1984, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer [or Philosopher]’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck

53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton

67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Susskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl

75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
103. The Beach, Alex Garland
104. Dracula, Bram Stoker
105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 1/2, Sue Townsend
113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
114. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson
118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
119. Shogun, James Clavell
120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
122. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett
127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
129. Possession, A. S. Byatt
130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
131. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl
133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
134. George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett

136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson
140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson
141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
144. It, Stephen King
145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
146. The Green Mile, Stephen King
147. Papillon, Henri Charriere
148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett - this one's in there twice
149. Master And Commander, Patrick O’Brian
150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz
151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett
152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett
153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett

154. Atonement, Ian McEwan
155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson
156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon
161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
162. River God, Wilbur Smith
163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon
164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
165. The World According To Garp, John Irving
166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore
167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson
168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye
169. The Witches, Roald Dahl
170. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
- this one's in there twice
171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco
175. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder
176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson
177. Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl
178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach
180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson
182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay
184. Silas Marner, George Eliot
185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis loved!
186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Gross-mith
187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine
189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. Lawrence
191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons
193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett
194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells
195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White
199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews
201. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
202. The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan
203. The Great Hunt, Robert Jordan
204. The Dragon Reborn, Robert Jordan
205. Fires of Heaven, Robert Jordan
206. Lord of Chaos, Robert Jordan
207. Winter’s Heart, Robert Jordan
208. A Crown of Swords, Robert Jordan
209. Crossroads of Twilight, Robert Jordan
210. A Path of Daggers, Robert Jordan
211. As Nature Made Him, John Colapinto
212. Microserfs, Douglas Coupland
213. The Married Man, Edmund White
214. Winter’s Tale, Mark Helprin
215. The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault
216. Cry to Heaven, Anne Rice
217. Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, John Boswell
218. Equus, Peter Shaffer
219. The Man Who Ate Everything, Jeffrey Steingarten
220. Letters To A Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
221. Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn
222. The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice
223. Anthem, Ayn Rand
224. The Bridge To Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
225. Tartuffe, Moliere
226. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
227. The Crucible, Arthur Miller
228. The Trial, Franz Kafka
229. Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
230. Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles
231. Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther
232. A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen
233. Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen
234. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
235. A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
236. ALIVE!, Piers Paul Read
237. Grapefruit, Yoko Ono
238. Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde
240. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
241. Chronicles of Thomas Convenant, Unbeliever, Stephen Donaldson
242. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
242. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
243. Summerland, Michael Chabon
244. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
245. Candide, Voltaire
246. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Roald Dahl
247. Ringworld, Larry Niven
248. The King Must Die, Mary Renault
249. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein
250. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle
251. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
252. The House Of The Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne
253. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
254. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
255. The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson
256. Chocolate Fever, Robert Kimmel Smith
257. Xanth: The Quest for Magic, Piers Anthony
258. The Lost Princess of Oz, L. Frank Baum
259. Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon
260. Lost In A Good Book, Jasper Fforde
261. Well Of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde
261. Life Of Pi, Yann Martel
263. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
264. A Yellow Rraft In Blue Water, Michael Dorris
265. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
267. Where The Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
268. Griffin & Sabine, Nick Bantock
269. Witch of Blackbird Pond, Joyce Friedland
270. Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NIMH, Robert C. O’Brien
271. Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
272. The Cay, Theodore Taylor
273. From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
274. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
275. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
276. The Kitchen God’s Wife, Amy Tan
277. The Bone Setter’s Daughter, Amy Tan
278. Relic, Duglas Preston & Lincolon Child
279. Wicked, Gregory Maguire
280. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
281. Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry
282. The Girl Next Door, Jack Ketchum
283. Haunted, Judith St. George
284. Singularity, William Sleator
285. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
286. Different Seasons, Stephen King
287. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
288. About a Boy, Nick Hornby
289. The Bookman’s Wake, John Dunning
290. The Church of Dead Girls, Stephen Dobyns
291. Illusions, Richard Bach
292. Magic’s Pawn, Mercedes Lackey
293. Magic’s Promise, Mercedes Lackey
294. Magic’s Price, Mercedes Lackey
295. The Dancing Wu Li Masters, Gary Zukav
296. Spirits of Flux and Anchor, Jack L. Chalker
297. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
298. The Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices, Brenda Love
299. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace.
300. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison.
301. The Cider House Rules, John Irving.
302. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
303. Girlfriend in a Coma, Douglas Coupland
304. The Lion’s Game, Nelson Demille
305. The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars, Stephen Brust
306. Cyteen, C. J. Cherryh
307. Foucault’s Pendulum, Umberto Eco
308. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
309. Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk
310. Camber of Culdi, Kathryn Kurtz
311. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
312. War and Rememberance, Herman Wouk
313. The Art of War, Sun Tzu
314. The Giver, Lois Lowry
315. The Telling, Ursula Le Guin
316. Xenogenesis (or Lilith’s Brood), Octavia Butler
317. A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold
318. The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
319. The Aeneid, Publius Vergilius Maro (Vergil)
320. Hanta Yo, Ruth Beebe Hill
321. The Princess Bride, S. Morganstern (or William Goldman)
322. Beowulf, Anonymous
323. The Sparrow, Maria Doria Russell
324. Deerskin, Robin McKinley
325. Dragonsong, Anne McCaffrey
326. Passage, Connie Willis
327. Otherland, Tad Williams
328. Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay
329. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
330. Beloved, Toni Morrison
331. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore
332. The mysterious disappearance of Leon, I mean Noel, Ellen Raskin
333. Summer Sisters, Judy Blume
334. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
335. The Island on Bird Street, Uri Orlev
336. Midnight in the Dollhouse, Marjorie Filley Stover
337. The Miracle Worker, William Gibson
338. The Genesis Code, John Case
339. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevensen
340. Paradise Lost, John Milton
341. Phantom, Susan Kay
342. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned, Anne Rice
343. Anno Dracula, Kim Newman
344: The Dresden Files: Grave Peril, Jim Butcher
345: Tokyo Suckerpunch, Issac Adamson
346: The Winter of Magic’s Return, Pamela Service
347: The Oddkins, Dean R. Koontz
348. My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
349. The Last Goodbye, Raymond Chandler
350. At Swim, Two Boys, Jaime O’Neill
351. Othello, by William Shakespeare
352. The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas
353. The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats
354. Sati, Christopher Pike
355. The Inferno, Dante
356. The Apology, Plato
357. The Small Rain, Madeline L’Engle
358. The Man Who Tasted Shapes, Richard E Cytowick
359. 5 Novels, Daniel Pinkwater
360. The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Juliet Marillier
361. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
362. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
363. Our Town, Thorton Wilder
364. Green Grass Running Water, Thomas King
335. The Interpreter, Suzanne Glass
336. The Moor’s Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie
337. The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson
338. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster loved
339. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
340. The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux
341. Pages for You, Sylvia Brownrigg
342. The Changeover, Margaret Mahy
343. Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
344. Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
345. Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo
346. Shosha, Isaac Bashevis Singer
347. Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck
348. The Diving-bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
349. The Lunatic at Large by J. Storer Clouston
350. Time for Bed by David Baddiel
351. Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
352. Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre
353. The Bloody Sun by Marion Zimmer Bradley
354. Sewer, Gas, and Eletric by Matt Ruff
355. Jhereg by Steven Brust
356. So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane
357. Perdido Street Station, China Mieville
358. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte
359. Road-side Dog, Czeslaw Milosz
360. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
361. Neuromancer, William Gibson
362. The Epistemology of the Closet, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
363. A Canticle for Liebowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr
364. The Mask of Apollo, Mary Renault
365. The Gunslinger, Stephen King
366. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
367. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
368. A Season of Mists, Neil Gaiman
369. Ivanhoe, Walter Scott
370. The God Boy, Ian Cross
371. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
372. Finn Family Moomintroll, Tove Jansson
373. Misery, Stephen King
374. Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters
375. Hood, Emma Donoghue
376. The Land of Spices, Kate O’Brien
377. The Diary of Anne Frank - this is in there twice
378. Regeneration, Pat Barker
379. Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
380. Dreaming in Cuban, Cristina Garcia
381. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
382. The View from Saturday, E.L. Konigsburg
383. Dealing with Dragons, Patricia Wrede
384. Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss
385. A Severed Wasp - Madeleine L’Engle
386. Here Be Dragons - Sharon Kay Penman
387. The Mabinogion (Ancient Welsh Tales) - translated by Lady Charlotte E. Guest
388. The DaVinci Code - Dan Brown
389. Desire of the Everlasting Hills - Thomas Cahill
390. The Cloister Walk - Kathleen Norris
391. The Things We Carried, Tim O’Brien
392. I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb
393. Choke, Chuck Palahniuk
394. The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan
395. The Rabbits, John Marsden & Shaun Tan
396. The Red Tree, Shaun Tan

Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1

CJ has a new punk rock compilation called Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1, which has been apparently put together by a heap of bands who are 'against Bush'.
Why does it 'rawk' to be anti-Bush? It appears that being anti-Bush these days is just part of being punk. It makes me wonder how much these bands and the people who buy their music actually know about politics and recent events.
Here are some excerpts from customer reviews:

    'i hate bushes ideas and ways of thinking, so this cd rocks. bush is just a silly right wing board again christian (no offense to super christians) who wants to put women back in the stone age.'

    'this cd is good. the music is good. the best part about it is that on the cd jacket it has reasons to hate bush jr., and it lists forty things that he did while president. i didnt even know a quarter of them. my favorite one is number twenty, which states that he dropped his dog on its head. anyway, even if you dont like this kind of music, you should just buy the cd, cuz its not a profit cd. and one should just buy it for the reasons one should hate george bush, cuz it is very "informative" and i learned stuff i didnt know before.'

    'There will always be terrorists, and the people in Iraq will always kill their own people.'

Tuesday, June 08, 2004


The Gillies Street Shoes have disappeared! We were up to four pairs and now they're all gone! Does this mean the end of the Gillies Street Shoes project? Never!

Got this e-mail the other day:

    'Hi I I don't mean to bother you I was just wondering if there was any way you could send me an invite for Gmail. The reason I need an account is because I have familty everywhere in the world (sister in Australia, brother in Japan, Parents in Germany, cousins in Brazil, etc) and I need a lot of space to store my photos of them. Unfortunately hotmail barely has any space and my other high capacity accounts (spymac, aventuremail, etc) are completely full of spam even after using filters. I see that Gmail is very good with spam form users comments on it and I was wondering if you could invite me to use it. If not I am sorry for bothering you. Thank you for reading this anyways it is appreciated.'
    I can't, but if you're really desperate can put a notice on my blog. Tell me if you want me to do that.
Got this this morning:
    Sure that would be of great help. Thanks for reading it. Its very much appreciated.

So if you have a Gmail invite, and aren't doing anything with it, this guy appears to be quite desperate for one.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

The Day After Tomorrow

Last night (Thursday) I went and saw The Day After Tomorrow. Best sci fi/action film I've seen in a long time. Go and see it.

Friday, June 04, 2004

Does this sound familiar?

'Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.'

    - 1984, George Orwell

Sturt Street/Lydiard Street intersection

I took these photos while crossing Sturt Street at the Lydiard Street intersection. I have no idea what the buildings shown were originally built for, or what they're used for now. If you know, please tell me via the comment box - I can't be bothered going and finding out right now.

Wendouree silos

These are the Joe White Maltings silos in Wendouree, Ballarat.

I took these because I liked the results I got with the silos in Keith.
I also took some photos of the silos on Creswick Road, but they didn't come out very good.

Atomic Sky #1

Issue #1 of Atomic Sky is here. In fact, it has been since Tuesday afternoon, but I forgot to mention it, what with being to busy to sleep.

Thursday, June 03, 2004


I've been sitting here typing since about 10:30am. Think I've done enough now.
Wednesday I was worked from 12:30am to 5:00am on an essay. Then I went to bed. At 6:00am I got up again for the prayer meeting at Mt Helen campus. Got hoem at about 4:00pm and went straight to sleep.
This week was the last week of class, so there's heaps of work due tomorrow, and everything is due by the end of next week. The good thing is that once I get everything in I have over five weeks holdays, because I have no exams this semester.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004


What is with all these links? Blogger is turning words like house and photo and music and learning into links that search for stuff, and quite frankly, I don't like it! Anyone know how to turn it off?